July 26, 2022
Call for Presenters: Volunteer Tutor and Classroom Aide Webinar Series
Do you have strategies or resources to share with volunteers? Consider presenting as part of the Volunteer Tutor and Classroom Aide webinar series. This series of one-hour live webinars supports volunteers by developing their instructional skills and sharing resources and information. We are looking for instructors, tutor coordinators, student support coordinators, or others who are able to present on a variety of topics, including:
  • Teaching strategies for academic topics including reading, writing, math, or ESL.
  • Lesson-planning skills like selecting objectives and assessments.
  • Incorporating technology and digital literacy instruction into lessons.
  • Supporting students as they develop non-academic skills needed for their future goals.
  • General information and strategies related to instructing adult students.

Webinars are held the second Tuesday of each month at 9:30 a.m., September 2022 - June 2023. Presentations are recorded and posted on our YouTube channel. Information about the webinars is available on the tutoring page of the PA Adult Education Website. 

If you would like to present a webinar or suggest a topic or presenter, please email Rachel Baron rbaron@tiu11.org or Lynne Watson Lynnewatson927@gmail.com. We are happy to support you in developing your topic idea. Teams of co-presenters are welcome. 
Teaching Tips and Resources
Questions to Evaluate Your Use of Educational Technology
There are many high quality educational technology resources that you could be using in your lessons but you may have limited time in which to use them. How do you make sure that you are making the best use of your time with technology? A recent Edutopia article suggests five simple questions that you could ask yourself to identify what is necessary in your 'edtech tool belt' and determine if anything is missing.
Personal and Workplace Success Skills Library
The Personal and Workplace Success Skills Library is a curated collection of resources to guide the integration of personal and workplace success skills into curriculum and instruction, advising and coaching, assessment, and program design.
Professional Development Opportunities
Professional Learning for Adult Education and Family Literacy Staff
Staff at PDE-funded adult education and family literacy agencies can view a list of upcoming courses now available for enrollment in the PD Portal. For more information about any of these courses, please visit the PD Portal,open the course catalog, and review the syllabus. If you are interested in enrolling in a course, please consult with your in-house professional development specialist (IHPDS) to determine if the course meets your professional learning goals.
State and National Adult Education News
GED® Voucher Update
GED Testing Service® has announced an update to the way GED® test vouchers are purchased. The VUE Voucher Store will be retired later this year due to IE software changes. Instead, you are encouraged to make your voucher purchases on GED Marketplace. Check/ACH payment methods have been added to the existing Credit Card and Credit Terms payment options. As with Credit Terms, you will need to be logged in to your Marketplace account and meet a minimum order amount to take advantage of paying via a PO process. GED Ready® and test vouchers are available on Marketplace now and more will be coming later this month.
COABE's Advocast Episode: Crafting Your Elevator Pitch
In the most recent episode of Advocast, an adult education podcast by the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE), the hosts talk to Jackie Aguilera and Audrey Nelson, 2021 State Advocate for Adult Education Fellows from Texas, and Olivia Quintanilla, a former adult education student who is now an adult education coordinator. Jackie and Audrey share tips for how to craft a strong and impactful elevator pitch in preparation for AEFL Week. Olivia highlights the moments that lead to her success and how she pays it forward. Watch the episode on YouTube or search for Advocast on your preferred podcast platform.
Job Posting
The job postings below are for adult basic education programs funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and, at least in part, by WIOA Title II funds. You can also find the postings on the paadultedresources.org website. To post a job, please email the job advertisement to mjmanfred@tiu11.org.  

PA Adult Education Resources
Visit www.paadultedresources.org for the latest PA adult education news and resources. Recent additions to the site include:

Upcoming State and National Conferences
State and National Newsletters
State and national organizations' newsletters are listed below and may be of interest to you. To receive the most recent editions by email, please subscribe directly to the newsletter. 

Early Childhood Education Recap, PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning Features weekly and monthly news and information relating to early childhood education.

Families Learning: News of the Week, National Center for Families Learning
Features information and resources for family literacy, early childhood education, and parent education.

WorkforceGPS, Workforce3 One Features career pathways and workforce development information.

COABE Connections, Coalition On Adult Basic Education Features national information, resources, and initiatives for adult basic education.

World Education/U.S. Features resources and information from World Education projects including EdTech Center News, The Change Agent, College for Adults, E-Learning, LINCS Region 1 Professional Development Center, National College Transitional Network, and many others. 

OCTAE Connection, US Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, & Adult Education Features news and resources for adult basic, career, and technical education.